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The Mighty Phone: Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1


Pros:
+ Good Build
+ Beautiful Display
+ Powerful Chipset
+ Stock Android
+ Lag Free Performance
+ No Heating
+ Massive 5000 mAh Battery
+ Great Audio
+ Decent Rear Cameras
+ Dedicated MicroSD Slot

Cons:
- Below Average Front Camera
- No Quick Charging
- No Type-C Port
- Weird Camera Interface
- No Case/Cover Provided


Ratings:
Design: 8/10
Display: 8/10
Sound: 9/10
Battery: 10/10
Back Camera: 8/10
Front Camera: 6/10
Processor: 10/10
Call Quality: 9/10
Face Unlock and Fingerprint: 9/10
Sound from Speakers: 8/10
Sound from Earphones: 9/10
Pricing: 10/10

Overall Rating: 8/10

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Detailed Review:

Here’s what you get inside the box:
1. Handset
2. Charger (5V, 2Amps)
3. USB charging cable
4. Sim ejector pin
5. Max Box (to amplify sound)

Design:
There’s the nothing special or different in the design of the phone. Still, the design is decent and It does feel comfortable in hand. Asus has done well to keep its weight down even with the massive 5000 mAh battery inside. The phone is tall like other 18:9 aspect ratio display phones and you won’t be able to use it properly with one hand. So, design rating is 8/10.

Display:
The display on the front is a Full HD 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The display is sharp and bright with good viewing angles and colours. It is covered with a 2.5D glass which gives it a premium look. The glass in not Gorilla Glass so here also the rating is 8/10.

Battery:
The phone comes with a massive 5000 mAh battery. If you are one of those who hates to charge their phone every day then you will love this device. The battery will last for 2.5-3 days with light usage, 2 days with medium usage and 1.5 days with heavy usage. The screen on time can be as high as 12-14 hours which is incredible. Battery rating is 10/10.

Audio:
The audio experience is great in this device. It comes with an NXP amplifier and if you have a nice pair of earphones or headphones, you will love listening to music on this device. The sound output from Speakers is decent as well. If you need more loudness, use the Max Box which comes with the device. Sound Experience is one of the best in this price range and rating is 9/10.

Performance:
Snapdragon 636 with stock android is a perfect recipe of great performance. The chipset is very powerful and handles all kinds of task with ease. App opens and close fast. Gaming is smooth. You won’t notice any lag in day to day usage. Rating is 10/10 here.

Security:
Both fingerprint sensor and face unlock work fine. Fingerprint sensor takes less than half a second to unlock the device and face unlock takes around a second. Do note that Face unlock won't work well if there is low light. Once you start using face unlock, your fingerprint usage will reduce drastically as face unlock works great. Just press the power button and it unlocks (obviously if you are looking at the device).

Camera:
I did a detailed camera test and overall the back camera works fine but front selfie camera is disappointing. From back camera, you can take good pictures with bokeh effect in outdoor conditions. If there is low light, the pictures won't be detailed.
Selfie front camera performance is disappointing. Pictures don't look good at all. That's the main reason I have dropped the overall rating from 9 to 8.


Overall, Asus Zenfone Max Pro is a solid performer and one of the best smartphones in this price range. Asus has done a great job with pricing.

- Soham Ghosh